Two beautiful cottages in the stunning and peaceful setting of Aird and Port na Ba Beach at Croig near the conservation village of Dervaig in North West Mull.
~Failte gu Aird agus Port na Ba !
Recently built spacious wood and stone architect designed cottage, sleeping 4 - 6 people, situated 500m from the sandy beach of Port na Ba with open far reaching landscape views and distant sea views to the South West.
Price Range - £400 - £850
Port na Ba Cottage
Shore front renovated stone cottage, sleeping 2 -4 people, with magnificent North west facing sea, island and mountain views and 100m from Port na Ba Beach.
Price Range - £250 - £575
Idyllic holiday setting
Located on the remote Aird peninsula in North West Mull, Aird Cottage and Port na Ba Cottage are a perfect choice for unwinding in a quiet and superbly picturesque setting. The cottages are close to some of Mull's most beautiful beaches, yet only a few miles from the conservation village of Dervaig, with its shops, restaurants and facilities.
The cottages are situated on Croig Farm, ½ and ¾ mile down a private gravel track at the site of the deserted township of Aird. Port na Ba Cottage has a water-front location with spectacular sea views whilst Aird, the larger cottage, is set back some 500m from the shore and has open landscape views and distant views to the sea, of Calliach Point and Coll to the South West.
Both cottages enjoy close proximity to the coral white sands of Port na Ba Beach - a jewel in Mull's coastline - with its spectacular views of Skye, Rum, Eigg and Ardnamurchan Point – and on a clear day, the Western Isles!
Sound of Silence
If you want to unwind from the stresses and strains of modern living, then Aird and Port na Ba Cottages are ideal for you!
In their tranquil settings, the only sounds you will hear are birdsong, wildlife, the sea - and occasionally the fog horn at Ardnamurchan lighthouse! In this peaceful location off the beaten track, the only close neighbours are the plentiful wildlife that live in and visit Aird.
Wildlife a Plenty
Port na Ba Beach is a haven for wildlife, frequented by many different sea-bird species, where otters feed and play and seals bask on the skerries. Aird Point is also an excellent vantage point to spot visiting basking sharks in the summer months and year round bottlenose dolphins have been sighted in the bay. Visitors of all ages will enjoy rock pooling with hermit crabs, anenomies and starfish a plenty.
You don't have to leave the cottages to experience nature and wildlife, the impressive sea eagle soars regularly overhead. Ringed plover, oyster catcher, red shank, shag, curlew, swallows are a few of over 50 species of birds spotted recently at Croig, making it a birdwatchers paradise.
Red deer graze nearby and mountain hare live in the area..... as well as numerous rabbits. Sheep and in the summer months a friendly herd of cows roam freely.
However, our friend the midge, is a less frequent visitor than normal for the West Coast - perhaps kept away by sea breezes, the sandy soil and lack of trees on the point.
Activity break or relaxing pace.
With stunning seascapes, and big skies, the area is an artist's and photographer's paradise and with many species of birds and wildlife, birdwatchers and nature lovers are spoilt for choice. Aird Cottage has a southerly aspect and can have sunshine all day from dawn to dusk. The deck is a great place to spotting wildlife. Read a book, just chill or even play a musical instrument.....you will not be disturbed – or disturb no-one out here!
The south facing windows of Port na Ba bathe the inside of the cottage in light, with the north facing windows providing the stunning sea views.
In the evening, there are magnificent sunsets, and with no light pollution, on clear nights. Aird and Portn na Ba are ideal for star-gazing, with shooting stars and mesmerising aurora borealis in the autumn and winter months.
For beach lovers, there are four beautiful white sandy beaches within a short walk – where you are more likely to see seals and otters than humans!
There are several easy coastal walks taking in beaches and headlands with breathtaking views… in fact you can spend many days at Aird and Port na Ba without having to get in your car.
For the more active, the near-by beaches are an ideal starting point for exploring the coast by kayak, canoe and boat. The area is also a great base for cycling with many bike-routes nearby – track, road and off-road and a supberb electricbike hire shop available locally in Dervaig.
Once you've done all you wish to on the doorstep, then there is much to explore by car and the many delights of Mull…… the popular beach at Calgary is only a short drive away.
There are also boat trips to the Treshnish Isles from Ulva Ferry and don't miss a visit to the beautiful Lip Na Croiche Gardens at Ulva. For the munro-baggers, Ben More is also easily accessible as are many other hills.
Aird and Port na Ba may feel remote, but only a few miles drive or cycle away are several wonderful tea rooms and restaurants, with a new award winning restaurant Am Birlinn at the road-end – a courtesy car may even be able pick you up and return you to the cottage (advance booking required). The wonderful Ballygown Restaurant at Ulva Ferry and The Boathouse on Ulva are well worth visiting as is the oldest Inn in Mull, in Dervaig, only 5 miles away. Calgary tea room is 3 miles south beside Calgary Beach. The bustling fishing village of Tobermory, with its painted houses and shops and numerous eateries, is a 40 minute drive from the cottages.
Telephone: 07795 177 571